We’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the new NPQ in Early Years Leadership.

In 18 months, participants will develop expertise in early years leadership, helping to give all children up to the age of five the best possible start in life.

Those doing the training will learn:

  • Gain a NPQ for Early Years Leadership accreditation in 18 months
  • Access the latest evidence-based learning
  • Become an expert in early years education
  • Broaden your network of early years leaders


To apply, you need to be an early years practitioner who is qualified to at least level three, with a full and relevant early years or teaching qualification.

You will be, or will be aspiring to be:

  • A manager of a private, voluntary or independent early years setting
  • A headteacher of a school-based or maintained early years setting
  • An early years foundation stage leader in a state funded school (roles could include early years/KS1 phase leader, assistant or deputy headteacher, or class teachers aspiring to leadership)
  • A childminder with leadership responsibilities.
Accreditation NPQEYL
Course length 18 months
Application deadline TBC
Programme start October 2024